The future of driverless vehicles won’t just be electric—but shared. That’s the vision of Cruise, at least, which has now unveiled its new car: dubbed the Origin.The company, a subsidiary of General Motors, predicts motorists of the future won’t just desire consumer vehicles like Tesla’s Model series or the hulking Cybertruck. Instead, it is betting on the rise of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and is building a car with that in mind. “We didn’t just want to improve on the car. We wanted to reimagine transportation as if the car never existed,” CEO Dan Ammann wrote in a blog this week.”So we removed the engine. We removed the driver who, more often than not, is tired… and rushed. We removed the equipment that’s there to support the driver, including the steering wheel, pedals, rearview mirrors, windshield wipers, and cramped seats.”What we came up with isn’t a car that you buy. It’s an experience that you share. It’s self-driven.”The design was revealed to media this week during an event in San Francisco, with Cruise showing off a white-black-orange color scheme and a large interior with room for six humans. Based on the symmetrical aesthetic, there is not an obvious… Read full this story
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